Andrew Nikiforuk

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For the last two decades Andrew Nikiforuk has written about energy, economics and the west for a variety of Canadian publications including Walrus, Maclean's, Canadian Business, Report on Business, Chatelaine, Georgia Straight, Equinox and Harrowsmith.

In the late 1990s he investigated the social and ecological impacts of intensive livestock industries and the legacy of northern uranium mining for the Calgary Herald . His public policy position papers on water diversion in the Great Lakes (2004) and water, energy and North American integration (2007) for the Program On Water Issues at the University of Toronto's Munk Centre sparked both discussion and reform.

He currently does an biweekly environmental column for the Alberta CBC, and writes a monthly column for Canadian Business on energy issues (Full Disclosure). In his spare time he edits a newsletter for landowners on oil and gas issues in the Canadian West: The Land Advocate (

Nikiforuk's journalism has won seven National Magazine Awards since 1989 and top honors for investigative writing from the Association of Canadian Journalists. His dramatic Alberta-based book, Saboteurs: Wiebo Ludwig's War Against Big Oil, won the Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction in 2002. His latest book, Pandemonium, examines the impact of global trade on disease exchanges and has received widespread national acclaim. He is currently writing a book about the world's largest energy project, The Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of the Continent, for Greystone Books.

Nikiforuk and his wife and three sons, Aidan, Keegan and Torin, live in Calgary, Alberta. Whether speaking or writing about melting glaciers, educational shams, peak oil, or the destruction of the boreal forest, Nikiforuk has earned a reputation as an honest and provocative voice in Canadian journalism.

Understanding Harper's Evangelical Mission

This post originally appeared in The Tyee, and is re-published with permission.
Any Canadian listening to the news these days might well conclude that the Republican extremists or some associated evangelical group has occupied Ottawa.

And they'd be righter than Job, I believe.

Almost daily, more evidence surfaces that Canada's government is guided by tribalists averse to scientific reason in favour of Biblical fundamentalism – or what some call “evangelical religious skepticism.”

First came Canada's pull-out of the Kyoto agreement without any rational or achievable national plan to battle carbon pollution.

Next came the hysterical and unprecedented letter by Natural Resource Minister Joe Oliver, an investment banker. It branded local environmentalists and First Nations as foreign radicals because they dared to question the economic and environmental impacts of a Chinese-funded pipeline.

At the same time federal security types declared Greenpeace, a civil organization originally started by Canadian journalists, to be a “multi-issue extremist group.”